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Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper hopes
CLEARWATER Cal Ripken Jersey ,to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract.Back in the lineup two days after being hit by a pitch in the ankle, the Phillies newcomer with the $330,000,000 deal was hitless Sunday, leaving him with a batting average of .000 in spring training.Harper is 0 for 8 in 14 plate appearances over five exhibition games.His goal for the final week in Florida? “Definitely getting a couple knocks,” Harper said.“I don’t want to leave spring without a hit but if that happens, then March 28, here we come,” Harper said.That’s the day Philadelphia opens the regular season, at home against the NL East champion Atlanta Braves.Harper returned as the designated hitter against the split-squad New York Yankees and went 0 for 3 with a walk.On Friday, Harper was hit in the right ankle by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto rookie Trent Thornton and left the game. He sat out Saturday.Batting third, Harper took a called third strike on a 96 mph fastball from James Paxton in the first. Harper then grounded out to shortstop on another 96 mph offering from the left-hander.“The timing, definitely a little behind right now,” Harper said. “A little late on some of the pitches against Paxton today. It’s going to be a process.”Harper, who agreed to a 13-year contract in late February — almost two weeks after spring training began — Harper struck out swinging on a 90 mph pitch from Dellin Betances in the sixth.YANKEES (SS) 7, PHILLIES 3Troy Tulowitzki , Greg Bird and Gleyber Torres homered for New York’s split squad. Paxton allowed a run but no hits, pitching 4 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out four.Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff pitched three shutout innings.YANKEES (SS) 5, ORIOLES 3Luke Voit hit his third spring homer and Miguel Andujar hit his first home run for the Yankees. Pitching prospect Jonathan Loaisiga started, allowing a hit and a walk in three scoreless innings.Joey Rickard had two singles for Baltimore, raising his average to .405.ASTROS 7, BRAVES (SS) 3Alex Bregman doubled and singled, and is hitting .438 for Houston. Framber Valdez, in the mix for the fifth spot in the rotation, pitched four shutout innings.Astros manager AJ Hinch was absent — earlier in the day, he was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for his argument and subsequent comments about umpire Angel Hernandez after a game Friday.Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs for Atlanta. Julio Teheran started, pitching five innings and allowing one run while striking out six.TIGERS 3, BRAVES (SS) 2Josh Harrison doubled and singled for Detroit. Starter Tyson Ross gave up two unearned runs in five innings.Rookie Touki Toussaint, currently slotted as Atlanta’s fifth starter, pitched four innings and allowed three runs on five hits.RED SOX (SS) 3, RAYS 2J.D. Martinez had an RBI double for just his third hit this spring for Boston. Avisail Garcia and Joey Wendle drove in runs for Tampa Bay.PIRATES 8, RED SOX (SS) 1Starling Marte hit a three-run homer and stole a base for Pittsburgh. Jameson Taillon allowed an unearned run in five innings Jim Palmer Jersey , striking out six.MARLINS 4, CARDINALS 2Miami starter Trevor Richards pitched six perfect innings and Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run in his last three at-bats.Dexter Fowler and Paul Goldschmidt broke up the Marlins‘ no-hit bid with back-to-back singles leading off the ninth.NATIONALS 10, METS 5Stephen Strasburg made his fourth start for Washington, pitching five innings and allowing three runs, six hits, two walks, striking out six. Juan Soto homered and doubled twice.Pete Alonso hit his fourth home run and Michael Conforto hit his third for New York. Robinson Cano doubled and singled, raising his average to .486.BLUE JAYS 9, TWINS 8Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez homered for Toronto. Aaron Sanchez started, pitching three innings and allowing four runs on six hits and a walk.Mitch Garver doubled twice and singled for Minnesota. Tyler Austin homered for a third time.REDS 9, INDIANS 9, 9 INNINGSYasiel Puig hit a grand slam and a two-run homer for Cincinnati.Corey Kluber struggled in his second start for Cleveland, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on six hits and two walks.GIANTS 7, ROYALS 2Madison Bumgarner pitched 6 2/3 innings in a start for San Francisco, giving up one run and striking out six.Billy Hamilton had two hits and stole his fourth base for Kansas City.ROCKIES 7, CUBS 2Newcomer Daniel Murphy hit his first home run for Colorado. Chad Bettis allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings.Chicago starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs in four innings.RANGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS (SS) 2Delino DeShields had two singles Mark Trumbo Jersey , scoring twice and stole his fourth base for Texas.Arizona reliever Archie Bradley retired just two batters, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.DIAMONDBACKS (SS) 7, WHITE SOX 3Zack Greinke made his third start for an Arizona split squad, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks. Eduardo Escobar and Alex Avila homered.James McCann had two singles, scoring a run and raising his average to .438 for Chicago. Carlos Rodon got the start, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs, five hits and two walks.BREWERS 9, DODGERS 8Christian Yelich had two singles and raised his average to .500. Top prospect Keston Hiura had a three-run double in a four-run eighth. Zach Davies was roughed up in his fourth start, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks.Chris Taylor homered and doubled for Los Angeles. Rich Hill started and surrendered three runs on eight hits, pitching 4 2/3 innings.PADRES 6, ANGELS 2Eric Hosmer hit a three-run double and singled for San Diego. Newcomer Manny Machado went 0 for 4 and is batting .148. Closer Kirby Yates pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, and has yet to give up a run.Matt Harvey made his third start for Los Angeles, giving up two runs in 4 1/3 innings. He has a 7.27 ERA this spring. MILWAUKEE (AP) — It sounds, at first, like a long, drawn out “Booooo!”But look at the name on the scoreboard and it becomes apparent what fans at Miller Park are really chanting.“Mooooose!”Mike Moustakas has been a hit with fans and teammates with the Milwaukee Brewers since being acquired from the Kansas City Royals two-plus months ago. They appreciate his solid third base defense Chris Tillman Jersey , and his left-handed power stroke was key in getting Milwaukee through the NL Division Series. In the clubhouse, his focused demeanor and extensive postseason experience have made him a source of steadiness for a club playing in the postseason for the first time since 2011.“Amazing, amazing. He’s a great teammate,” said utility man Hernan Perez, who has a locker near Moustakas. “He’s been in this situation.”Moustakas and current Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain helped Kansas City reach the World Series twice, including their championship run in 2015. Moustakas is one step away from a Series return with Milwaukee. Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is Friday night at Miller Park.Moustakas hit .364 in a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS with two RBIs. He had a game-ending, two-out RBI single in the 10th inning in Game 1 and an RBI single in eighth inning of Game 2 to help break open what had been a 1-0 game.A cool hand in tense moments. Exactly what Milwaukee had in mind for its midseason acquisition.“The more experience that you can gain, the better off you’re going to be,” Moustakas said before a team workout on Wednesday.Overall, Moustakas is hitting .234 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 34 games over eight postseason series.“But his experience, it’s important. It really is,” manager Craig Counsell said last week. “Making sure we don’t put the result ahead of the process in our at-bats, and I think Moose is doing a heck of a job of that.”His good friend Cain helped ease the transition to Milwaukee, but the Brewers also had to get creative to add Moustakas to the lineup, with Travis Shaw already on the team as the regular third baseman.Someone had to move.Shaw accepted a switch to second base, a new position and potentially awkward fit for the 230-pound slugger. The rationale was that the Brewers employ so many infield shifts, lining up at second wouldn’t be a hard transition. Moustakas also volunteered to move over.Shaw stuck at second and has played fairly well , allowing the Brewers to have three lefty bats in the lineup to go with MVP front-runner Christian Yelich.“It says volumes of the kind of player that he is and the kind of person he is,” Moustakas said about Shaw. “I think the unselfishness of him and this team is why I’m a good fit, because they let me come in here, play third. Just be myself and that’s huge.”The playoff run in Milwaukee winds down an eventful year for Moustakas that started with a disappointing offseason.After setting the Royals’ single-season home run record with 38 in 2017, Moustakas filed for free agency. He rejected a $17.4 million qualifying offer in November.Moustakas never received the multiyear, mega-million dollar contract he and his agent Scott Boras had anticipated. The Royals signed Moustakas to a one-year, $6.5 million contract in March with a mutual option for 2019.“It’s definitely been an interesting year, but I’m very happy with the way everything turned out,” Moustakas said last week. “I was able to sign back with Kansas City, I got traded here and now I’m in the postseason again. Everything happens for a reason. … I’m just really happy to be here.”NOTE: Counsell said Wednesday he had yet to decide on the makeup of the starting rotation or pitching staff against the Dodgers. The Brewers used a bullpen game in the Game 1 win over Colorado in the NLDS. “We have to think about this series differently and covering the number of innings we have to cover,” he said.

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